This week on Food Talk with Michael Colameco, host Mike Colameco welcomes journalist and author, Allen Salkin to the show to talk about his most recent book, “From Scratch: The Uncensored History of The Food Network.” Exchanging stories and thoughts on the creation and expanding popularity of food television, Mike and Allen discuss how food shows and concepts come to life and how this process has drastically changed throughout the years – possibly not for the better. After the break, Mike brings Chef Jesse Schenker to the studio. Jesse is the owner of The Gander and Recette in NYC and is the author of the book, All of Nothing: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme. A culinary memoir that illuminates the highs and lows of addiction, anxiety, and ambition in the world of haute cuisine, Jesse retells his tumultuous journey through the culinary world. He shares that by his early twenties he had been robbed, cheated, shot, and alienated from his family, and that finally being arrested motivated him to get clean. Tune in to hear Jesse’s preview of his intense and true story and how he turned his obsessiveness and drive that once was used for drugs to work to the top of the food world.
“Has the interest in food become so complex that we need spin offs in every direction?” [19:25]
“The job of the food network is to sell us Corollas, breath mints, and cruise vacations.” [24:20]
—Allen Salkin on Food Talk
“When it consumes you and you’re in it, you have no conscious.” [45:40]
—Jesse Schenker on Food Talk